Stop the Expansion of Chemical Waste Management’s Kettleman Hills Hazardous Waste & PCB Landfill!
One of the defining struggles in the history of the environmental health and justice movement continues in Kettleman City, Kings County, in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Kettleman City is a low-income, predominantly Spanish-speaking, Latino community with approximately 1,500 residents. The community is impacted by multiple sources of pollution, and threatened by new proposed polluting industries. Existing pollution includes the Chemical Waste Management landfill, pesticides, drinking water contaminated with benzene and arsenic, massive diesel truck traffic on Highway 41 and Interstate 5, toxic contamination from oilfield operations, and a former PG&E site.
The community is facing proposed expansion of the giant hazardous waste and PCB landfill, the proposed Avenal Energy fossil fuel power plant, proposed dumping of contaminated sewage sludge on agricultural fields next to town, and new oil drilling.
In 2007 and 2008, Greenaction and community groups discovered a large number of birth defects and infant deaths in Kettleman City. Unfortunately, the birth defect and infant death problem continues, along with many miscarriages and several cases of childhood cancer.
Greenaction and Kettleman City residents and their community groups (El Pueblo Para El Aire y Agua Limpio/People for Clean Air and Water and the youth group Kids Protecting Our Planet) allies are leading the fight against the proposed dump expansion. With your help we can win!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Action: Rally and Action for Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice- “We Are All Kettleman City”
Join us on October 9, 2013, Noon in Sacramento to demand Governor Jerry Brown and the State Department of Toxic Substances Control to get out of bed with polluters! Protect People, Not Polluters! No Permits for Repeat Offenders.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Noon
PROTEST at CalEPA/DTSC, 10th and I Streets, Sacraento
MARCH to the Governor’s Residence
Tell USEPA and California EPA: Stop Dumping Hazardous Wastes in Kettleman City!
Email the US EPA and the California EPA/Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to demand they deny permits to expand the Chemical Waste Management hazardous waste landfill in Kettleman City due to the chronic violations by the company, the ongoing health crisis including birth defects, miscarriages and childhood cancer, and the racial discrimination in the permit process including denying Spanish-speakers equal opportunity to participate in the process and the use of police dogs and police intimidation in the public hearings.
USEPA Region IX Administrator Jared Blumenfeld blumenfeld.jared@epa,gov
USEPA national Administrator Lisa Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
DTSC Director Debbie Raphael email@example.com
California EPA Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice Arsenio Mataka amataka@CalEPA.ca.gov